Railways to run 13 Train Services from Tamil Nadu to Kashi During month long Kashi Tamil Sanagamam
– These trains shall carry 2592 delegates from Tamil Nadu
During month long ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’, Indian Railways shall run total 13 services from Tamil Nadu to Kashi, Uttar Pradesh. The first rake carrying 216 delegates for Kashi Tamil Sangamam starts today from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. About 35 delegates from Rameswaram, 103 from Tiruchchirappalli and 78 from Chennai Egmore will board the train for participation in the first train leaving from Tamil Nadu. Thiru R.N. Ravi, Governor of Tamil Nadu shall interact with the delegates and flag off the train at Chennai Egmore tomorrow (17-11-2022). Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Government of India will also be present on the occasion.
These train services shall carry 2592 delegates from Tamil Nadu. The delegates shall commence their journey from Rameswaram, Coimbatore and Chennai. These trains shall halt at 21 stations enroute. Each rake shall carry 216 passengers.
Kashi Tamil Sangamam 2022 is an initiative of the Government of India as part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. It will be a celebration of the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ and will also celebrate the beautiful Tamil language as well as culture.
The month-long ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ programme will be organised in Varanasi from November 17th to December 16th to rediscover the centuries-old bond of knowledge and ancient civilisational linkage between Kashi and Tamil Nadu.
As part of the program of IIT and BHU, academic exchanges – seminars, discussions etc will be held between experts/ scholars on various facets of the two ancient manifestations of Indian Culture, with focus on bringing out the links and shared values between the two. The broader objective is to bring the two knowledge and cultural traditions closer, create and understanding of our shared heritage and deepen the people-to-people bond between the regions. For more details, please visit https://kashitamil.iitm.ac.in/
- தமிழ்ச்சங்கத்தின் முக்கியத்துவம் (Significance of Kashi Tamil Sangamam)
Significance of Kasi Tamil Sangamam
Taking this concept forward, a proposal is conceptualised to rediscover, reaffirm and celebrate the age-old links between the Tamil culture and Kashi that has existed since centuries. It is proposed to organise a month long “Kashi Tamil Sangamam” in Varanasi (Kashi) from 16th November to 19th December,2022 during which academic exchanges – seminars, discussions etc will be held between experts/ scholars on various facets of the two ancient manifestations of Indian Culture, with focus on bringing out the links and shared values between the two. The broader objective is to bring the two Knowledge and Cultural traditions closer, create and understanding of our shared heritage and deepen the people-to-people bond between the regions. Since traditional knowledge of the two regions is held both as an intellectual treasure in books and treatises, as well as in practical form with practitioners of different trades, it is felt that a meaningful exercise would be one that covers both realms – intellectual and practical. As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Kashi Tamil Sangamam will further strengthen the common experience, appreciation and bonds amongst the people of Tamil Nadu & Varanasi.
The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam shall also be an ideal platform to understand the unity in India’s civilizational assets through two historic centres of knowledge & culture. Such an understanding is essential to uphold the Spirit of ‘Ore Bharatham, Unnadha Bharatham’ (Ek Bharat, Shresta Bharat). This shall be unique learning experience for students, scholars, academics, practising professionals, etc. on various facets of Indian Knowledge Systems, Education & Training Practices, Arts & Culture, Language, Literature, etc. All of this is aligned with the multidisciplinary undercurrents and the need for continuous learning as stated in the National Education Policy (2020). The academic & co-academic sessions shall best capture this canvas through well curated sessions by experts drawn from different fields and provides a good platform for cross-cultural exchange of information & experiences.
Programme Structure of the Sangamam
The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam will be centred around a series of themes that cover various facets of knowledge – literature, ancient texts, philosophy, spirituality, music, dance, drama, yoga, Ayurveda, handlooms, handicrafts as well as the modern innovations, trade exchanges, edutech and other gen next technology etc. Seminars, discussions, lectures, lec-dems etc will be held on these themes by the subject experts.
In addition to the above, the art, culture, cuisine, handlooms, handicrafts etc of Tamil Nadu will be exhibited, and cultural performance like Bharatanatyam dance, Carnatic music / Tamil music, Tamil folk music, Nadaswaram music concert, Thevaaram thiruvaasagam in Tamil music form, Debate on Kamba Ramayana, Villu-paattu, Bommalaatum, Silambaattum, Kaavadi Attam, Karagam, Pattimandram, Tamil folk dances Karagattam, Poikkal Kuthirai, Thappaattam etc organized in specially designated locations for people of Varanasi to savour.
To ensure that the benefit of these discussions reaches the actual practitioners of these knowledge streams it is proposed that in addition to experts, common practitioners from various groups from different parts of Tamil Nadu, can be brought for an 8-day visit of Varanasi and its neighbouring areas. Tentatively, 12 such groups have been identified including students, teachers, literary (authors, poets, publishers), cultural experts, professionals (practicing arts, music, dance, drama, folk art, yoga, Ayurveda), entrepreneurs, (SMEs, start-ups ) business people, (community business groups, hoteliers,) artisans, heritage related experts (archaeologists, tour guides, bloggers etc) spiritual, rural, sampradaya organizations. These people will participate in the academic programs; interact with people of Varanasi associated with the same field, and visit places of interest in and around Varanasi.
It is proposed that around 210 people from different parts of Tamil Nadu will be taken in one group for a period of 8 days. 12 such groups, comprising around 2500 people will visit over a month. Groups would leave from three cities – Rameshwaram, Channai and Coimbatore – in special railway coaches attached to regular trains.
At the end of the Sangamam, people of Tamil Nadu shall get an immersive experience of Kashi and the people of Kashi shall also get to know the cultural richness of Tamil Nadu through a healthy exchange of knowledge sharing experiences through events, visits, conversations, etc.
- ரயில் அட்டவணை (Train Schedule)
Train Schedule (Tentative) Tamil Nadu – Kasi – Tamil Nadu
|up No.||Onward Journey
(Arrival at Varanasi / Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Stations
(Boarding at Varanasi / Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Stations
|Date & Time of Departure||Train No.||Departure from||Date & Time of Departure||Train No.||Arrival At (Chennai)|
|1||16 Nov, Wed 23.55 Hrs.||22535||Rameshwaram||22 Nov, Tue 21.05 Hrs.||22670||Perambur|
|2||20 Nov, Sun 04.40 Hrs.||22669||Coimbatore||25 Nov, Fri 23.55 Hrs.||22351||Central|
|3||22 Nov, Tue 09.15 Hrs||12390||Chennai||27 Nov, Sun 20.00 Hrs.||22536||Egmore|
|4||23 Nov, Wed 09.15 Hrs||22535||Rameshwaram||29 Nov, Tue 21.05 Hrs.||22670||Perambur|
|5||27 Nov, Sun 04.40 Hrs.||22669||Coimbatore||2 Dec, Fri 23.55 Hrs.||22351||Central|
|6||29 Nov, Tue 09.15 Hrs||12390||Chennai||4 Dec, Sun 20.00 Hrs.||22536||Egmore|
|7||30 Nov, Wed 23.55 Hrs.||22535||Rameshwaram||6 Dec, Tue 21.05 Hrs.||22670||Perambur|
|8||4 Dec, Sun 04.40 Hrs.||22669||Coimbatore||9 Dec, Wed 23.55 Hrs.||22351||Central|
|9||6 Dec, Tue 09.15 Hrs||12390||Chennai||11 Dec, Sun 20.00 Hrs.||22536||Egmore|
|10||7 Dec, Wed 23.55 Hrs.||22535||Rameshwaram||13 Dec, Tue 21.05 Hrs.||22670||Perambur|
|11||11 Dec, Sun 04.40 Hrs.||22669||Coimbatore||16 Dec, Fri 23.55 Hrs.||22351||Central|
|12||13 Dec, Tue 09.15 Hrs||12390||Chennai||18 Dec, Sun 20.00 Hrs.||22536||Egmore|
- Eligibility and General Guidelines for delegates
- Any resident individual from Tamil nadu, aged 18 above, from respective field of work and belonging to any of the above 12 groups may apply
- The delegate to the program should furnish the correct details while submitting online application. The details should tally with the identify proof submitted for travel
- No arrangements for any one accompanying the delegate could be made by the Organisers.
- Should be medically fit and travel by train and bus
- Delegates travelling in a group are expected to adhere strictly to the guidelines given by the Coordinator of the Group
- How to apply
Interested individuals belonging to above 12 groups shall apply online through the dedicated web portal https://kashitamil.iitm.ac.in. The application received through online process will be scrutinised and delegates for each group will be selected by a Committee constituted for the purpose. The decision of the Selection Committee would be final.
For More Information: https://kashitamil.iitm.ac.in